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rē´ı̄ ( רעי , rē‛ı̄ , "friendly"; Ῥησεί , Rhēseı́ ): Rei, Shimei and the Gibbōrı̄m who belonged to David are listed among those who did not join Adonijah in his attempt on the throne ( 1 Kings 1:8 ). The name is very uncertain. Winckler (Geschichte , II, 247) identifies him with Ira, the Jairite, who was a "priest to David" (2 Samuel 20:26 the Revised Version margin); he tries to prove that this Ira (or Jair) was a priest of Bethlehem. Stade ( GVI , I, 293, note 1) holds that Shimei and Rei were two officers of David's bodyguard. Josephus (Ant. , VII, xiv, 4) has ὁ Δαουίδου φίλος , ho Daouı́dou phı́los , thus making Shimei a "friend," the courtier of 2 Samuel 15:37; 2 Samuel 16:16 , and omitting Rei entirely. This would call for an original reading המּלך רע , rēa‛ ha -melekh , or המּלך רעה , rē‛ēh ha -melekh , and is too wide a variant from the Massoretic Text. Assuming that Rei belongs in the text, it is safe to conjecture that he was an officer of the royal guard.

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Rei'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​r/rei.html. 1915.
 
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